What Did They Know… And When Did They Know It?
CBS was so excited when their “poll” results provided them the statistics they needed to run stories such as the one headlined, “Poll: Keep Feeding Tube Out
,” that claimed:
Americans have strong feelings about the Terri Schiavo case, and a majority says the feeding tube should not now be re-inserted…
Most Americans side with Terri Schaivo’s husband in saying that the feeding tube should not be re-inserted now…
Both Catholics and Protestants think the tube should not be re-inserted now. Liberals and moderates both believe the tube should not be re-inserted; conservatives are more closely divided. Most Democrats and Republicans agree the tube should remain out at this point. A strong majority of Americans in every age group says the tube should not be re-inserted now.
But now we have Zogby coming out with a fair poll that actually asks the question in context of Terri’s real situation, not some concocted “if you were in an iron lung, would you want someone to give you hourly enemas” kind of questioning and the results are quite different.
Whereas CBS told us
that “Most Americans side with Terri Schiavo’s husband in saying that the feeding tube should not be re-inserted now,” Zogby’s poll
shows that 79% of Americans think a person in the condition Terri was in should not have food and water taken away
while just 9 percent said they should.
If they hadn’t helped shape perceived public opinion, more might’ve been done to save her. And that would’ve hampered sweeps week
. I bet the CBS execs are thanking their lucky stars that Zogby waited to deliver his results until after Terri Schiavo had died from starvation and dehydration.
How nice of them.